My Poetry Workshop
I pretty much always teach the same workshop but it’s a good one. I think the focus is on thinking, striving to be widely observant in your thoughts and using a poem to hold them in continually new though more or less constant ways. What I mean is the mind gets bored so it’s okay to write the same poem all the time but you’ve got to keep changing the locks so that you do have to work a little bit to get there. You need to pay attention while dreaming fiercely.
Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include For Now (an essay/talk about writing), I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. They showed their photographs in 2019 at Bridget Donahue, NYC. Myles has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX.